Back in July, Cynthia profiled this 1972 film directed by Ossie Davis which you can read HERE, and despite the film’s obvious budget limitations, the flat photography, and its obviously stiff stagebound approach, it’s still a worthwhile film to see if for the dialogue and the acting.
And if her piece peaked your interest, you’ll be happy to know that the Turner Classic Movies cable channel will be broadcasting the film on January 16 at 11:30PM (10:30PM Central time) as part of its day-long black film programming for Martin Luther King holiday. You can see the trailer for the film below.
But speaking of the trailer, some people in Cynthia’s original post wanted to know who was the guy with the low rumbling voice, who so seriously did the voiceover for it. Well I can answer that. They don’t call me Mr. Know-It-All for nothing.
It was Adolph Caesar, the N.Y. stage actor, choreographer and theater director, who, with that distinctive voice of his, became the “go to” guy for a ton of voiceover work on TV and radio commercials and documentaries during the 70’s and 80’s, and practically for every trailer for every black film released during that time.
He was best known for his performance as Sergeant Walters in both the stage and 1985 film version of A Soldier’s Story, and was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the role, but he suddenly passed away in 1986, less than a year after the film was released.
(By the way TCM will also be broadcasting Claudine on January 31 at 12 Midnight (11PM Central)